K is for Kryptonite (But Don’t Smoke It)

I’m not sure where my notebook is with the things I’ve written down to blog on for the A to Z Challenge. I’ll find it, but not right now, because the couch is comfy and I don’t want to move. I asked my husband for a suggestion for the K topic, hoping I wouldn’t have to move. He delivered: kryptonite. (This post probably won’t be how he imagined it going, though.)

Kryptonite: the green stuff that makes Superman not so super.

Lex Luthor loves the shit.

Batman has been known to carry it.

(Is there really any question about how shady Batman is now? Between his tendency to dress in black and lurk about like a creeper, he also has also been known to carry a bit of kryptonite around, just in case. Told y’all he was suspect!)

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Yes, I am a hater.

So, Superman gets all weak in the knees over kryptonite, certain bad guys and so-called heroes have been known to get their grubby paws on it.

Yawn. Let’s go to google, shall we?

When one can use an Office gif, one does.

When one can use an Office gif, one does.

Ooh! In the first few search results, we have the Urban Dictionary’s take on kryptonite, the Kryptonite Handbook, and the song Kryptonite from 3 Doors Down.

First things, first. Urban Dictionary–the leading authority on the meaning of words as they’re commonly used.

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If anyone ever offers me the opportunity to purchase kryptonite, I would definitely Just Say No. (This way I can’t be duped into thinking I’m going to jail again!)

Next up–Kryptonite Handbook. This one was slightly disappointing. I was expecting that it would, perhaps, be a play on The Anarchist Cookbook. I have no idea why I thought that, besides the fact that there may be something wrong with me. Oh well.

The non-political version–

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The political version (perhaps this will read President Clinton’s Kryptonite Handbook in another year and a half or so?)–

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And, finally, the song Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down. This was released when I was a sophomore in high school, so it has some age on it.

And since my brain went from the song Kryptonite to “Hey, wasn’t there also a Superman song out when I was in high school?” I found this:

By the way, if you were wondering what my personal kryptonite is, it’s chocolate. Yummy, delicious milk chocolate. So if you get pissed off at me for some reason, feel free to send it my way.

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J is for Joss Whedon

There is no Hollywood person that I have more respect for than Joss Whedon. Nearly everything he touches (that I have seen) is absolutely brilliant.

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You may know him as the guy who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Or as the guy who created Firefly, a show that was canceled way too early, to put it lightly. For more recent stuff, he’s the guy who produced Agents of SHIELD and directed both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

To top that off, he also directed a couple episodes of my favorite TV show, The Office, was one of the writers of the Toy Story screenplay, and did the whole shebang on a modernized version of Much Ado About Nothing, which he filmed at his home, since he’s a huge Shakespeare geek.

(If you haven’t seen Much Ado and are a fan of Buffy and Angel, I encourage you to check it out–if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch it for free. Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker are the leads and if you were crushed by the Wesley/Fred storyline on Angel, then this will make you immensely happy.)

Oh yeah, he has also written some comic book series, including Angel: After The Fall, which takes place after the show was canceled, plus created the Astonishing X-Men.

Can you see why I included him in my nerd life theme? This guy rocks almost every single aspect of it.

A is for Ant-Man

My theme for the April A to Z writing challenge is Nerd Life. For the rest of the month, my topics are mostly going to be about the nerdy things that both my family and myself enjoy.

Not today.

A is for Ant-Man, and Ant-Man is the worst superhero ever. Spider-Man–I’m okay with. He’s cool and witty. Batman–he’s okay too, even if he’s really just a poor man’s Tony Stark. Aquaman? Not so cool, but since he’s part of the cool kid’s club, AKA the Justice League, he gets a pass.

But not Ant-Man.

Little Man introduced me to Ant-Man when we were watching an Avengers cartoon a while back. I watched the cartoon and saw the newcomer (new to me, anyway) and asked who he was. “Oh, that’s Ant-Man!” I’m sitting there thinking “Is this how badly they need good ideas, that they’re stooping to something called Ant-Man?”

Maybe I was being too harsh in my judgment, so I decided to find a little background on the character.

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Now after reading that, don’t you think it makes him just a bit pretentious to have three different alter egos, so to speak? We will take pretentiousness from Tony Stark, but not from Hank Pym. Word to the wise, Hank–if you want to be taken seriously as a superhero, you need to step up your game. Ant-Man. Giant-Man. Yellowjacket. None of those exactly scream protector of the universe, do they?

Let’s double check it, though. Maybe there is something there to this fella who can turn into three superheros after all.

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Hank Pym > Ant Man /Giant Man /Yellowjacket

Sorry, but the Court of Anxious Mom has not found in Ant-Man’s favor. The judge is just not impressed. Toodle-oo.

Well, not toodle-oo for long, since this fella has somehow landed himself his own feature film. Ant-Man will be released in theaters on July 17. So somehow this buggy guy gets his own movie and the Flash movie that was supposed to have happened about a decade ago is only now slated for a possible 2018 release? Ah, the injustice of it all.

Are there any superheroes from comic books you read or movies you’ve watched that you felt were absolutely pointless? Feel free to share.

When Do I Get My Nerd Card?

When I was helping Little Man get ready for bed tonight, we were talking about school, and I asked if he could decide right now, whether he’d still want to go to his new school (charter school he started recently that is heavy on science), his old school, or be home schooled.

I know what his answer is first thing in the morning, but I was curious about when he isn’t actively trying to stay in bed.

“I’d go with the charter school,” he said after thinking about it.

“Oh, I forgot, there is secret option number four–Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters,” I joked.

He didn’t get the joke. “What are you talking about?” he asked.

“You know…Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters…I think Wolverine has helped out with a class or two.”

Still didn’t get it. “From X-Men. You’re going to lose your nerd card!”

“Ohhh,” he said, finally getting it. “Wait, what’s a nerd card?”

“It’s what you get when you join the Nerd Club. You’ve gotta like comic books, science, computers, video games, and stuff like that to join, though.”

LM’s face lit up. “I like all of that!”

My husband was listening to the conversation and chimed in. “It’s also helpful to like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Lord of the Rings.”

LM kept smiling. “I like all of that, too! But Mommy doesn’t like Star Trek, so does she get to be in?”

“I think we’ll let her,” my husband told him. “Hopefully she’ll change her mind, though.”

Nope. Not happening. I freaking hate Star Trek. I’ve tried, but no. I’m pretty sure my husband considers it a character flaw.

“So, when do I get my nerd card?” Little Man asked.

I guess I better print up something official. Maybe laminate it. 😉